Webster & Stewart Counties Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent (Preston & Lumpkin, Georgia; Southwest District)

Position ID: 43565
Location
Institution: 
University of Georgia
College/Div/School: 
Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
Department: 
Cooperative Extension Service
Branch Campus: 
Preston & Lumpkin, Georgia; Southwest District
Position Description
PVA#: 
398
New Position?: 
Yes
Job Class: 
County Extension Agent
Job Description: 

 

Posting Details
Posting Number F0398P
Working Title Webster & Stewart Counties Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent
Department CAES Southwest District CES
About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (http://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

UGA Cooperative Extension was founded in 1914 to bring research-based agricultural information to the people of Georgia. County agents and specialists throughout the state share information on issues like water quality, profitability in agribusiness, family wellness and life skills. County agents provide soil and water test kits and instruction, advice on safe pesticide use, publications, computer programs and lessons in consumer skills to improve Georgians’ quality of life. They are the local experts in food safety, proper eating habits, child safety and parenting. UGA Extension coordinates 4-H, Georgia’s largest youth program. Each year, almost 200,000 young Georgians participate in community projects, summer camps and conferences on today’s issues while having fun and learning to work together. The leadership skills and values they learn in 4-H last a lifetime. UGA Extension reaches more than 2.6 million Georgians through education programs each year. Millions more rely on UGAExtension’s publications, educational news articles and public television programming for advice and information.

College/Unit/Department website https://extension.uga.edu/about/districts--facilities--and-centers/south...
Posting Type External
Retirement Plan TRS or ORP
Employment Type Employee
Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible
Anticipated Start Date 09/01/2019
Job Posting Date 06/20/2019
Open until filled Yes
Location of Vacancy SW District
EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Position Details
Position Information
Classification Title Public Service Professional AC
Faculty Rank Open Rank
Contract Type Fiscal (12 mo.)
Tenure Status Non-Tenure Track
Position Summary

This position will provide educational programming in the Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) area by providing educational opportunities in production agriculture, horticulture, and natural resources to a wide variety of audiences utilizing multiple teaching methods.

Webster County is a rural Georgia County situated next to Stewart County. Stewart County borders Alabama in SW Georgia. In this timber-rich community, both counties flourish with agri-tourism. Hunting leases prevail, with visitors coming from neighboring states to roam these counties. (Webster timber/forestry revenue $2.3 million -Stewart timber/forestry revenue $7.555 million). Farming also reigns high in the community as Webster County has a 2017 Farm Gate income of $29,797,969 and Stewart has an income of $19,416,370. Row crops are popular with Webster bringing in over $5.592 million and Stewart County harvesting $ 3.1 mill. Peanuts cannot be forgotten with Webster picking over $7.7 million and Stewart Co $ 2.1 million. Both counties are well rounded, having some container nursery products and pecans as well. Livestock can be found in both counties. They have beef cattle/stockers on farm making these two counties well versed in the agriculture industry. Agriculture is the largest industry in the area thus making the assistance that a County Extension Agent can offer extremely valuable.

This position requires frequent night meetings, some weekend work, and attendance at out-of-county meetings. A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable private vehicle for official duty travel are required. Reimbursement for business travel will be provided. Transportation of others including 4-H Youth and adult clientele is also a common and necessary function of the job. 4-H competitions, overnight camps, and other events are conducted at district and state levels and necessitate travel and transport of participants.

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Additional Requirements

A Master’s degree in Agriculture or related area.

A Bachelor’s degree is acceptable for a Public Service Provisional appointment. This provisional faculty classification is offered for no more than three years without review. You may apply for a regular service faculty appointment upon completion of an advanced degree or successful progression through the public service promotion process. See the University of Georgia Guidelines for Appointments and Promotions for Public Service and Outreach Academic Rank for complete details http://outreach.uga.edu/policies/appointment-and-promotion-guidelines/

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

-Computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
-Ability to speak to/teach large groups of residents
-Ability to organize and carry out activities and programming for youth
-Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with county, district, and state staff, local government employees, and clientele
-Ability to show high standards of professionalism in personal contacts, appearance, and work habits
-Ability to express thoughts clearly and concisely through written and verbal communication
-Ability to work as a team member and engage with groups and committees
-Ability to design, coordinate, and teach educational programs to meet community needs
-Skills in leadership and management

Does this position have financial responsibilities? No
Does this position require a P-Card? No
Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No
Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes
Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.

Duties/Responsibilities
Duties/Responsibilities

Serve as an adviser and teacher for AG & Natural Resources – to local community.
Develop a purposeful relationship with farmers, landowners, stakeholders and other county agents to accomplish outreach activities as related to Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR).
Utilize the expertise of these advisory groups, community leaders, public officials and representatives of intended audiences to analyze data, identify needs and assist in developing educational programs.
Develop a plan of work that is equitable in meeting the varied socioeconomic needs of both Counties.
Conduct promotional efforts to expand the public’s view of extension programming.
Utilize research data and information on emerging issues in program development.
Target specific audiences for educational programs addressing critical issues identified in plan of work. 
Implements the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Civil Rights/Equal Opportunity plan.
Develop and conducts interdisciplinary programs with other staff members based on critical issues.
Partner and collaborate with other Extension programs – such as 4-H and Family and Consumer Sciences.
Collaborate with other agencies and community groups to plan and implement programs.
Other duties as assigned by District Director, Program Area Coordinator, County Coordinator or State Faculty.

Percentage Of Time 100
Application Procedure: 
Please see the below "Institution Employment Link" to view a complete job description, create an application, and apply for the position.
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CIP Discipline Code: 
Agriculture and Related Ind. and Extension (Admin code)
Agriculture, General
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Degree Levels: 
Masters
Bachelors
Position Type: 
Faculty
Dates
Application Deadline: 
Position Starting Date: 
Status
Vacancy Status: 
ACTIVE

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